Frank appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became an appealing presentation.
For the most part, sharpness looked good. A little softness crept into the image at times, but not frequently. Instead, the movie almost always appeared nicely detailed and distinctive. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and edge haloes remained absent. Source flaws were a non-factor, as this was a clean presentation.
In terms of colors, the movie went with a chilly teal most of the time, and the palette remained subdued throughout the film. The tones consistently seemed clear and concise within those parameters. Blacks were deep and firm, while low-light shots came across as appropriately dense but not overly dark. Overall, the picture appeared positive.
I also felt pleased with the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Frank, as it worked well for the character-based film. The soundscape occasionally popped to life but it usually concentrated on music and dialogue. The environmental material helped broaden the movie’s horizons – especially during performances - but don’t expect a lot of active, involving material; the mix usually remained fairly subdued.
Audio quality was very good. Speech seemed crisp and distinctive, as I noticed no flaws like edginess; accents rendered lines tough to understand at times, but those issues didn’t stem from the accuracy of the source. Music seemed warm and full, while effects showed good clarity and definition. This was a solid but unexceptional track.
With that we head to the disc’s extras and an audio commentary from director Lenny Abrahamson, actor Domhnall Gleeson and music composer Stephen Rennicks. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/character areas, influences, cast and performances, sets and locations, editing, and music.
After a slow start, the commentary becomes pretty solid. The three men interact in an engaging, humorous manner and they deliver a nice roster of details about the movie. This ends up as a worthwhile chat.
Three Deleted Scenes fill a total of 11 minutes, 17 seconds, as we find “Psychosis” (0:36), “Ayahuasca” (4:14) and “Creaky Door” (6:27). “Psychosis” offers a quick snippet with band manager Don, while “Ayahuasca” shows Jon’s Native American drug trip. “Door” shows a band recording session. “Door” is probably the most interesting of the three, but none add much.
A few featurettes follow. Behind the Sounds goes for 10 minutes, 19 seconds and includes notes from sound designer/re-recording mixer Steve Fanagan, re-recording mixer Ken Galvin and supervising sound editor Niall Brady. They discuss aspects of the music and audio of the movie. We get a good mix of notes in this fairly informative piece.
In the two-minute, 10-second Behind the Mask, we hear from Abrahamson, production designer Richard Bullock, and actors Michael Fassbender, Scott McNairy, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal. The featurette discusses challenges related to a lead actor hidden beneath a large fake head. “Mask” is too short to be more than a teaser.
Next comes Meet the Band, a four-minute, 42-second clip with Gleeson, Fassbender, McNairy, Gyllenhaal, Abrahamson, and actors Carla Azar and Francois Civil. They provide quick thoughts about their characters and performances. Like “Mask”, this turns into a brief, superficial piece.
What Is the Name of the Band? occupies three minutes, eight seconds and gives us remarks from Gleeson, Fassbender, Abrahamson, McNairy, and Rennicks. Here we get thoughts on the pronunciation of “Soronprfbs” and aspects of the band. It’s another short, forgettable show.
We get more from one commentary participant in an Interview with Director Lenny Abrahamson. It runs 19 minutes, 22 seconds and covers story/characters, inspirations and influences, cast and performances, music, locations, and related areas. Abrahamson offers some decent notes but doesn’t reveal much we don’t already know.
Finally, we find AXS TV: A Look at Frank. The two-minute, 44-second piece includes Fassbender, Gleeson, McNairy, Abrahamson and Gyllenhaal. Expect a glorified trailer without much substance.
The disc opens with ads for The Two Faces of January, White Bird in a Blizzard, Life Itself and Honeymoon. We also find the trailer for Frank.
Though it occasionally threatens to become swallowed by its own self-conscious oddness, Frank comes with enough charm to keep us occupied. The movie boasts a spry sense of humor and never takes itself too seriously. The Blu-ray presents good picture and audio along with an erratic set of supplements. Goofy but engaging, Frank makes for a clever entry in the "rock movie" genre.